Tribute in Memory of Ralph Frasure

Floor Speech

Date: July 7, 2022
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to one of Eastern Kentucky's fallen heroes, Ralph Harlow Frasure, a 39- year law enforcement veteran who was one of three officers killed in the line of duty in Allen, Kentucky. Frasure was Captain of the Prestonsburg City Police Department for nearly four decades and a beloved School Resource Officer at Prestonsburg High School.

The best law enforcement officers will tell you it isn't a job, it's a calling; and it was with great courage of conviction that Captain Frasure lived to protect the people of Prestonsburg and all of Floyd County.

President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a former commissioner of the New York City Police Department once said, ``No man is worth his salt, who is not ready at all times to risk his body, to risk his well-being, to risk his life in a great cause.'' On Thursday, June 30, 2022, Captain Frasure paid the ultimate sacrifice as he valiantly answered the call of duty to protect others in Floyd County.

His heroic death was the greatest display of love described in John 15:13, ``Greater love has no man than this: to lay down his life for his friends.''

In a Nation where police forces have been vilified in recent years by the actions of a few bad actors, may Captain Frasure's life be a reminder of the outstanding integrity and sacrifice that the thin blue line represents. We must continue to support our law enforcement officers across the United States, ensuring they are fully equipped, adequately prepared, and never at the mercy of evildoers.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky owes a great debt of gratitude for the life and service of Captain Ralph Frasure. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Clearnce, their sons Ralph Kelly Frasure and Robert Clarence Frasure, daughter Stacy (Mike), their grandchildren, and the widespread band of brothers and sisters in uniform who served alongside Captain Frasure throughout his career. May his loved ones find peace and confidence in God's promise in Matthew 5:9, ``Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.''

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